Traveling in Romania (and Why You Should Go Right Now)

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Most people don't necessarily equate “Romania” with “cool travel destination.”

This Eastern European country between Hungary and Bulgaria isn't usually a place people have high up on their must-visit lists. Romania is where communism and vampires live — not somewhere you travel to for fun. Right?

Well, that couldn't be farther from the truth.

While Romania is still developing after the fall of Ceausescu and communism (and most will say communism hasn't fully left), it's a much easier and interesting place to travel than you probably realize.

(And, for the record, I didn't see a single vampire while I was there.)


Romania, in short, blew me away. I had been looking forward to traveling there for years, but the country far exceeded my expectations. And here's why:

Why You Should Travel to Romania Right Now

It's affordable

Cheaper even than the Czech Republic and Hungary, Romania should be attractive just because of its price tag. Everything from accommodation to transport to food is affordable. Even the “touristy” places are far from expensive.

For example, in Brasov — one of Romania's top tourist destinations for both domestic and foreign tourists — entry to the major attraction (Bran Castle) was only $7 USD for an adult ticket with photo license. The most expensive meal I had in the country (at a really posh restaurant) was $12 — the cheapest was less than $3. You can only imagine how cheap beer was.

Brasov, Romania

It's beautiful

The countryside, the medieval cities, the people… Romania has plenty of surprises in store.

Cities like Sighisoara and Brasov are ridiculously attractive and colorful, and the rolling countryside remains largely untouched in most parts of the country. And the locals? Lovely people who will undoubtedly be happy to see you and happier still to talk to you about their country.

Rasnov Fortress, Romania

Sighisoara, Romania

It's relatively easy to travel

One of the biggest surprises for me was how easy it was to get around Romania. The country is fairly well-connected by trains, buses, and planes to the rest of Europe, and you can even use your Eurail pass here.

And, out of all the public trains and buses I rode while in Romania, only one was old and slightly dirty. Most were newer and clean — some even had air conditioning! And the best part? Every single train and bus I rode actually ran on time! (Not necessarily always the case, of course, but no delays in a week is pretty good.)


Most people speak English

Adding to the ease of travel is the fact that almost everyone in the country speaks at least a little English — especially those in the younger generations. This makes it easy to not only travel in Romania, but also to get to know the locals a bit.

Viscri, Romania

It's not too crowded yet

Because Romania (and, really, most of Eastern Europe) is quite a ways off the usual tourist trail, even the “touristy” places feel relaxed and welcoming — even in high season. The only place I really found to be crowded was Bran Castle — but there are plenty of better things/places to see anyway.

Viscri, Romania

Old traditions survive

Since Romania isn't teeming with tourists, older traditions — like making homemade schnapps and weaving and woodcarving — are still going strong.

You can still find quirky places like Merry Cemetery that nobody knows about. Villages still feel like villages. And the cows still come home at night.

Viscri, Romania

Merry Cemetery, Romania

It's ready for tourism

Because of the above reasons and more, Romania is very much ready for tourism.

Bucharest has a brand new subway system and buses equipped with GPS-enabled screens. Villages like Viscri are converting old heritage buildings into home stays. And nearly everywhere offers visitors free wifi access.

Sighisoara, Romania

But this won't all last, of course. As the country continues to develop and Romania's economy improves (likely to happen once it officially joins the Schengen zone soon), many of these reasons may become irrelevant.

So, if you've ever considered traveling in Romania, go now!

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*Note: Intrepid Travel graciously provided me with a complimentary Eastern Europe Explorer tour. But all opinions, as always, are entirely my own.

If you're interested in doing the same tour I did, you can check it out here.

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  1. Wonderful! I have wanted to visit Romania since I learned that my great-grandparents were from there. One day…

      You should definitely go! Do you know where your family was from? It would be cool to visit their village!

      Why only “one day….” ???
      Come now and enjoy Romania as long as it still isn’t crowded.
      I’m certain you want regret it.

    Awesome post! anna go there so bad. I will one day for sure!

      I highly recommend it!

        Thank you very much for your kind and beautiful words about my country. You make me fill very proud, anyway I am proud to live in this country. If you ever come again, please let me know.

          Can we hire a car and driver to go around Romania?

            There are many tour guides who are willing to drive you around. I would certainly advise anyone NOT to drive in Romania. It is very dangerous.

            We stayed in Maramures county several days and our host/guide drove us down to Brasov (about 8 hours at an easy pace). Another guide took us around central Romania, Brasov, Sibiu and Sighisoara over several days.

            Look for highly rated guides and discuss your plan. Most will be very happy to tailor the trip to what you want.


    I’ve thought about it, but your posts have moved it way up higher on the list! Thanks for all the good info.

    What a great post! I actually went to Romania in the summer of 1989, just months before the people ousted (and murdered) Ceausescu. It was a beautiful country then, but the control of the communist govt was everywhere. I look forward to checking it out again with new eyes…and maybe this time, Bram’s Castle won’t be under renovations. We couldn’t see hardly any of it.

      I’d be really interested to hear how you think present-day Romania compares to the Romania you saw in 1989! I think you should definitely go back for another visit.

      Susan, not the people ‘murdered’ Ceausescu’.
      It’s not Bram’s Castle but Bran Castle.
      And last but not least, you really should come back to Romania. It has changed a lot, although there are still plenty of untouched locations in the countryside. If you love nature, you will like it.
      Come and see today’s Romania, you will always be welcome.

    Visited Romania in 2007 and again in 2008 (LOVED it both times). Visited for one month in 2007 and three months in 2008 (now I am considering a retirement there in the northern city of Baia Mare). The people of Romania are the friendliest and. I’ve made great friends there.
    Thanks for your travel insight, it brought back fond memories :)) (for sure) … all of the places you’ve mentioned I’ve been to, remember to visit Peles Castle YOU’LL LOVE IT!

      I’ve been to Baia Mare! The Maramures region was actually my favorite part of Romania, I think. It would make a lovely retirement spot!

      As a romanian teenager from Baia Mare,it’s incredibly pleasing to hear that foreigners would like to live here.
      Since 2007,the city has developed enormously and it has gotten more tourist-friendly.Seeing that people actually want to visit our cities makes me want to stay home for college.

    Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Make sure and also visit the monasteries in the north eastern part of the country (you definitely will NOT be disappointed).

    I should have gone last year when I had a friend from there to visit! It’s been on my list for a while, but I’m happy to see that you also recommend it. Next time I’m in Europe it will have to be on my list!

      I think it’s definitely one of Europe’s best-kept secrets at the moment (politics aside).

    Did you say “cheap”? I love cheap.

    Those grave markers are unreal!

      Haha, yes, very cheap! Even cheaper than Budapest!

      And you should check out my post on that cemetery – it was SO COOL.

      The grave markers ARE REAL, Candice! Its the only merry cemetery in the world.
      Enjoy! 😉

      first reaction a friend had when returned to England: she paid the same money for a sandwich and a tea as for a meal for two in Transylvania!

    Romania is already officially in the EU (joined in 2007). You are probably thinking about the Schengen area.

      Hmm, maybe. They’re not on the Euro yet though, I know, so they’re not completely part of the EU yet!

        Actually, Romania is a full member of the European Union since 2007. You don’t need to be on the Euro to be part of the European Union, look at united kingdom, denmark or sweden.

        I personally hope we never go on the Euro, we are not ready and we will never be ready for that, nobody wants another “Greek crisis” inside UE.

          Ah okay. Well then I have no idea what people were referring to when they were talking about something happening in Romania later this year connected to them being in the EU!

            That would be the acceptance to the Schengen area (hot topic this year). Being accepted means there will be no more border controls when traveling to/from Romania from/to other EU states.

            Ah I gotcha. Thanks for clearing it up!

    I’m heading back to Europe soon and have been thinking about spending some time in the East. I’ve never been there and have been avoiding it because I figured it would be a little on the expensive side, but apparently that’s not the case, at least not in Romania. I think you may have given me the final push needed. Time to do some research…

      Definitely look into it, Daniel. Eastern Europe, for the most part, is VERY affordable – the opposite of expensive!!

    You are very persuasive here.. sold me! Looks gorgeous and as you said.. cheap is a big plus. I’m curious what you got for that $12 meal?

      Haha, yay, sold another person on Romania! I think their tourist board should start paying me a referral fee. 😉

      I can’t remember exactly what I had for $12. I think it was a big pitcher of homemade lemonade, a traditional stuffed cabbage entree, and bread.

        Love Romania was married there in march 2010 seen Brasov, Bucharest, and Costanta love winter weather and was just as happy as can be. Been back twice since and love the currency exchange and the fact i got married march 1 st which is a RO holiday

    couldnt agree more!!! I loved Romania. I had never even heard of it before I went there. its also a real eye opener to the world of communism since it wasn’t so long ago that they were a communist country.

      I traveled through quite a few former communist nations on this trip, and I agree that it’s an eye-opening experience. Glad to hear you loved Romania, too!

    I would think the vampires thing would be a selling point now! 😉

    I’m going to be in England for a wedding next summer, and am trying to plan some sort of European trip around it. I was thinking Austria/Germany, but all these Eastern European posts definitely have me intrigued (and I like the sounds of the price tag!)

      Hahaha, true about the vampires….

      If you’re considering a few European countries next summer, I would definitely nominate Hungary and Romania! Both amazing, both cheap, and both relatively easy to travel around.

      Europe has a very large mixture of culture in a relatively small area. won’t find that anywhere in the world

    I will definitely visit Romania and soon too! I really would love to experience that “old Europe” feel before it becomes too touristy. All your pictures have sold me on this exceptionally beautiful country but I really want to see a vampire 🙂

      You’ll have to try harder than I did to find a vampire, then! 😉

      And yes, definitely go see this part of Europe now, before the rest of the world discovers how cool it is!

    Ahhh, Romania looks great! I’m living in Europe at the moment, so I should really try to head over there at some point – you make it sound nice 🙂 I love that shot with the orange building!

      If you’re already in Europe, you really don’t have any excuse not to go!

    Romania looks cool! They would do well to choose you as the official Tourism Brand Ambassador! You have done a fabulous job of showcasing the country to us 🙂

    I’d live to go but nervous to go alone. Any good recommendations on shorter tours or tour companies as the 18 day intrepid is too long and can’t find any others? Absolutely love to go!! Cheers!

      Hmm, I’m afraid I don’t really have any other tours to recommend, since I’ve only been to Romania with Intrepid. I realize that an 18-day tour might be too long, though! My advice would be to do some searching online, or maybe even try talking to a local travel agent?

    Romania certainly has been gaining notice on the blogosphere recently! As always, great pics.

      As it should do! It’s a destination I think more people should consider.

    No vampires? Bummer 😉 Otherwise Romania looks amazing! I’m one of the few who actually do have this place on my ‘list’ – great to see how much you enjoyed it, Amanda. Love the pics!

      Haha, no, no vampires that I saw! You’ll have to look for some yourself when you go. 😉

      Well… we do have politicians for blood and life-sucking activities 🙂

    There really aren’t too many places I don’t want to travel to, especially in Europe, so this has been on my list for awhile simply because it’s THERE. But your post helps explain all the great reasons to visit, and I’d really love to go see it all for myself!

      You definitely should go, Ali! Especially since you’re living in Europe now, it’s not too far!

    I wish I could get up and go there RIGHT NOW, but I have another 7.5 months left on my contract. It’ll have to wait until next summer. Romania has always been high up on my list of places I really, really want to visit and your post here has solidified that. The countryside looks stunning, the towns look so, so beautiful and colourful, and I like how you say it isn’t swarming with tourists just yet.

    Also, kudos on Bucharest for getting GPS enabled buses?! Fancy schmancy!

      Definitely go when you can!! I’m not sure Romania will ever be as popular as, say, Germany or Spain, but I think people WILL start traveling more there soon – especially once the secret is out about how awesome it is!

    Always nice, when the people speak a little English. 🙂 I’ve just recently been to Burma, where there is no English spoken except in the guesthouses. So I was a smiling tourist feeling dumb.

    Hello everyone!:) i’m romanian and i read some comments. i’m glad that most of you are very happy to visit my country.
    but most of people know Romania as the ex-communist and the Dracula’s land but belive me here are more awesome places to visit, for example the Danube delta. is the second largest delta in Europe or the old center of Bucharest,and something interesting is at the Museum of History (is in Bucharest) where you can see gold bracelets made 2000 years ago by the Dacians, our old ancestors.

      As I’ve been telling people, Romania has a LOT to offer!

        yes, is true, but is still a “secret” place, and unfortunately we have 2-3 millions turists every year,and this is really low compared with France, Spain, Italy,etc…

          Ah, but I think those tourist numbers will begin to rise – especially once the secret gets out! But hopefully it won’t become TOO popular. I mean, you wouldn’t want to be the next France or Spain, would you??

            one of Romania’s selling point is the low number of tourists. it’s an unspoiled land, with many secrets. beside, when you’re telling friends you’ve been to Romania, they will bomb you with questions

            It’s true – people are very interested to hear about my time in Eastern Europe!

    I’m really glad you enjoyed Romania! Too bad I did not find out about your blog earlier, otherwise I would have offered you a city tour in Bucharest…maybe next time! 🙂 Also, thanks for spreading the word about Romania, it gets more negative press than it deserves.

      Aww, too bad! We did take a very nice city tour of Bucharest, though (I’ll actually be writing about it next week!).

      And I’m happy to spread the word about Romania. Forget the politics and economics — from a travel standpoint, it’s an amazing place to go!

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    I loved your post. I’m turning 45 this year and it has been my life long dream to visit Romania. I finally decided 2013 is the year and this July I will be spending a week in this beautiful land. I already had it planned, but your post just proved to me why I dreamed of going there. Most people don’t even know where the country is or that Transylvania is actually a REAL place.:) I’m so glad you had fun there; I’m sure I will, too.

      That is awesome news, Paula! Congrats, and good for you! I hope you love Romania as much as I did. It’s definitely a special place!

      Hello! Did I see July 2013? Welcome! :)Wouldn’t heart to see the muddy volcanoes while you’re here 🙂

    Wow! Romania wasn’t at the very top of my list but the pics make it look very inviting. You also make some very convincing arguments of why now is the best time. It looks like the countryside alone is worth the trip. Can’t wait to get back to Eastern Europe so we can explore Romania. 🙂

      Now is most definitely a great time to go to Romania! And yes, the countryside alone would make it worth a trip in my opinion!

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    Thanks for liking our country so much, Amanda! 🙂 Makes me feel proud to be a Romanian, as I’ve never been before! You should try to visit the northern part of the country, next time you come here, and I specifically suggest you come to Bukovina, the place of so many traditions and hospitable people, and the landscape is awesome, too! 🙂
    Maybe one day I get to visit Ohio, and USA in general, I’ve been wanting that since I was a child!
    Greetings from Romania,

      I did very much like your country, Katy. I hope to be able to return soon!

    Hi there,
    You did a great job with this post and as a Romanian I need to thank you for the awesome articles you did about our country!
    I just want to add something: you found no vampires in Romania? That’s strange, as all Romanians are vampires 🙂 Just check this website- – and you will find why (together with other interesting info about the country and its people).

      Thanks, Alina! It was my pleasure to write about Romania – I really did love it! It’s one of the top countries I suggest people visit these days.

      Next time I’ll have to look more closely for those vampires! 😉

    Hey. I’m Romanian and I have traveled a little around Europe and I can assure you that I have never seen more beautiful natural places than in my country (yet).
    I totally agree this article, but i would like to make one observation: if you plan using trains for traveling, have a lot of patience. It depends a lot on the route, of course, but still… Some trains can get more than 2 hours (very very rarely) delay .

      It’s great that you love your country so much and are so proud of it!

      And yes, I think no matter where you’re traveling, you have to be prepared for train delays!

    Uau, I am from Romania and I am stunned to see your optimism about traveling in Romania – it’s remarkable! Thank you for this great advertisement! There are lots of cheap and interesting places to visit in Romania indeed and tourists are (almost) welcome anytime.

      You are most welcome. I loved Romania, and am always happy to share my enthusiasm for it!

    Thank you so much for the wonderful review you gave my country. Yes, we are friendly to everyone as long as they are friendly to us. Therefore, all tourists are more than welcomed.
    My tip for all you future travellers is to get off the beaten road. You’ll find Lotus flowers on a thermal lake near Oradea (nord-west part of the country) and amazing old churches and monasteries in the whole eastern part. The Danube Delta is full of mosquitoes, but a good spray will allow you to discover a UNESCO world heritage site. Tragu Jiu is the place to check out and see where God gave man the power to bring a piece of heaven to Earth if you’re interested in some art too.
    I do have one request though: When you check out a museum, or anything of the sort, please pay the full $3-$7 entrance fee and the $5 photo-video fee. It means nothing to a westerner but it’s the difference between keeping a small museum open or closing it. Don’t be the family with made up badges that asks to enter for free since $12 for 4 people is nothing. We’ll let you in with a smile on our faces but you’ll hurt these friendly people more than you know and not just because of the money.
    Thanks again
    PS: I’m sure everyone here is nothing like that family, but spread the word as that was unfortunately not the only incident.

      Thank you for the suggestions – and for making the point about paying those entrance and photo fees. It’s true for any destination!

    Hi there,
    first of all thanks for the beautiful things that you wrote about my country. It is indeed a beautiful country who surely can/will surprise anyone who will visit it.
    I would like to point some additional things also.
    Not only english is spreaded among the new generations. There are a lot of people, especially in center and north Romania, who speak german. There are also a lot of people who can at least understand spanish and italian.
    I would also recommend you the Danube delta, which is still wild and untouched by the civilisation. Mamaia sea resort, which rivals much known resorts like Ibiza. Peles castle which is not to far away from Bran castle, Sighisoara of course, Sibiu, the monasteries in Bucovina, Maramures. In Bucharest I would strongly recommend the old city center (newly restored), The Parliament Palace (“People House” as many romanians still call it) and the Village Museum. You could also hike and you’ll be very surprised how wild our forests still are (bears, foxes, wolves are something pretty common if you’ll gonna camp in tent).

    P.S. It is very possible to be bothered by some things, most of them inherited from our communist past, but if you could ignore them, you’ll discover a beautiful country with nice people. After all the beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. 🙂

    Have a wonderful day !


      Yes, I found a lot of German spoken there, too – probably because of the Saxon influence from the past.

      Thanks for the suggestions. I did indeed visit some of the places you mentioned (like Sighisoara, Maramures, and the old city center in Bucharest).

    If u go to romania when all muslims are on “ramadam” u’ll be surprised how many english/americans u’ll find in bucharest just drinking and having fun, transforming old center of bucharest in an very large pub….

    Amanda, thank you for all the kind, beautiful words. It’s nice to see once in a while warm thoughts on Romania, and not just the usual gypsy, horse meat, vampires propaganda. 🙂 It is indeed a beautiful country and I’m not just saying it because I’m a local, but rather because of my travel experiences of the past few years: I left my home country hating it and I returned just to fall in love with it for the first time.

      So good to hear that you’ve fallen in love with your home country – that’s wonderful.

      And yes, Romania is MUCH more than gypsies and vampires! Well worth exploring.

    allready posted some tips for you if you want to return to Romania (or if others want to come here) ina ddition to that, I think you shoul visit the North-Eastern area (Moldova region – not to be confused with The Republic of Moldova) which has plenty of amazing monasteries, churches and the romantic city of Iasi/Jassy and the mountain area Valea Prahovei/Prahova Valley, which lies between Brasov and Bucharest (btw Bucharest is also an interesting place to see, although, unlike the rest of Romania, it is kinda crowded and traffic is a pain unless you use the subway)

      Thanks for these suggestions in addition to the others! I did visit Bucharest, as well, but definitely preferred the smaller towns and villages.

    We’re going next week and can’t wait… in great part our excitement is due to a Romanian man we met while finding a stay. He’s been helpful, fun, sweet, and oh so good about explaining so many things. I agree, Romania’s the place to be, and I haven’t even been there, yet.

      Oh that’s fantastic! I hope you have a great time!


    I am really glad that you came to Romania and you like it.
    I am from Romania and I can not get enough of it’s beauty.

    Romania is blessed with all kinds of touristic attractions. You shuld come back one day and visit the rest of Romania.
    You have to visit The Muddy Volcanoes (I think that they are unique in the world), Bukovina with it’s monesteries with exterior paintings, Danube Delta (amaizing), Danube river, the sea side.

    Romania has lot of potential for turism. You should come again. You have lot of others to discover!

    Glad you liked it here in our quaint little country. 😀
    If you want to see real beauty however, I would recommend our mountains (Bucegi ones are the most accessible). The paths aren’t paved or anything and you have to be a little fit to climb, but it’s really not that difficult and it’s well worth it. To get the most of this experience I’d recommend spending the night in a mountain cabin. Malaiesti cabin is one of my personal favorites. It’s amazing there during summer. 😀

    Hello Amanda ! Thank you very much for all beautiful things said about Romania. I’m from Romania, so if somebody need some information or help, you can ask me.

      You are most welcome. You come from a beautiful country!

    Hy! The article its very nice! I’m a roumanian, 24 years old, and I admit that this year i visited my country, I was only in Europe in my vacation! Visit Bran castle, Peles castle, Rasnov castle, Sighisoara, Brasov, Constanta who is on the Black Sea, Tulcea(from where you cand go to the Danube Delta, the wildest and the beautiful place in the world, if someone needs a recomendetion for 4-5 stars hotels, please contact me*

    If you are interested in castles and history I recommend in Hunedoara, the Hunyad Castle that was part of Principality of Transylvania, and it’s believed to be the place where Vlad III of Wallachia (commonly known as Dracula) was held prisoner for 7 years after he was deposed in 1462. The castle is a relic of the Hunyadi dynasty. It was built in Gothic style, but has Baroque and Renaissance architectural elements. It is a large and imposing building with tall and diversely colored roofs, towers and myriad windows and balconies adorned with stone:

    If you love nature close by you can visit also Retezat National Park :

    I can not believe anyone has not mentioned the Transfagarasan Highway, National Road 7C. This is one of the greatest roads to drive threw the mountains. At the top there is a long tunnel that leads to Balea Lake with hotels to accomodate. Be sure to check out the some of the Penseuna “Hotels” at the bottom of the mountain. Great food, super views, dirt cheap, and hearing the sound of the water coming off the mountain is so relaxing. Be sure to order some Mititei and a cold Silvia Negra or a Ursus Black. You will thank me later! Bran is cool and ride the lift in Brasov. Make sure you get a GPS……………… As an American I look forward to going back!

      That highway sounds great! Who doesn’t love a good drive through the mountains?

        Not any kind of road. Those from Top Gear (the greatesc tv show about car) said that Transfagarasan is The best driving road in the world. The intresting fact is that meanwhile in Romania has been opened a new amaizing road through the mountains: Transalpina (reaching the maximum altitude of 2145 metres and having a history of over 2000 years). Another reason to visit again Romania 🙂

          Oh pleaseee, don’t giveup Transalpina so easily, it used to be something esoteric 🙂 Really now, Transalpina is A W E S O M E, visited it before and after it was opened.

            guys, she is a tourist, not Jeremy Clarkson

    For all who like untouched nature, unspoiled rural areas and “real” rural people who will spontaneously invite you to share their meal, Romania is a MUST destination.
    If you have 47 minutes to spare, check out the video WILD CARPATHIA. From all the recent films about Romania its one of the best, if not the best.

    Is interesting that after days of traveling on your post is one single picture with humans being, and that one with gypsies. Romanians are not Romani people, for the God sake. Have you not learn that in your expensive schools?

      First of all, just because there’s only one photo in THIS post with people in it doesn’t mean I didn’t take others. And, secondly, my “expensive schools” have taught me that people are people, no matter what race or nationality they are. Those little girls were sweet and adorable and asked me to take their photo, so I did. And they live in Romania, so as far as I’m concerned they absolutely belong in this post.

    Exactly. We all are people of God.We are all borned equal; but what you write in the comment please told other travellers that are disrespecting us when we travell. Me like Romanian I am facing many difficulties when travelling around Europe for example. People says that all romanians are gypsies. But Roma people is just an etinicity. And the fact that you put an picture with them, a single, make people makes people believe that we all are the same. Not many people achived to visit Romania. Please stop putting pictures on internet with poor kids,and dirty places. I know we are not perfect, bet we try our best. No country is perfect. I hightly recommend you to try to visit other regions of Romania, and bring other friends with you. Maybe like this you will learn more about us; what you see is different from what you read; you are a travel blogger; we have some influence; people reads your post, and form on opinion; in Europe we confrunt discrimination. A picture offers a mesage to its readers. Please put pictures with real Romania.

      Ana, have a look at the whole bunch of other posts I’ve written about Romania – with TONS of other photos. Perhaps even some of this “real Romania” that you mention.

      And, as far as photos of “poor kids and dirty places,” you will find very few of those on this blog. I really like Romania and frequently recommend it to other travelers. I’m sorry if you were somewhat offended by this post; no one else has been.

    If you ever visit Romania again, be sure to get in touch with me, and we can have a chit chat with the other female bloggers in Bucharest. 😀

    We have a pretty large bloggers’ community. And this applies to every female/male blogger out there who decides to visit us.

    By the way, there’s a Facebook Page about “273 places to see before you leave Romania” . You should definitely check it out as “273 places to see when you visit Romania”, as well. *happy face*

    Best wishes,


      Yes, I’ve heard about the blogging community in Romania! I will definitely keep that in mind.

        Awesome. 😀
        Drop me an email when you feel like revisiting.

    When you come again to Romania, we are waiting for you in Timisoara city. Thanks for the article (a Romanian entrepreneur).

    We would be very happy if you all returned to Romania to help you with our car rental company.Only we know the old routes in Transilvania and Bucovina.The Transylvanian Saxon churches and monasteries from Bucovina.!We are proud to have you as guests!

    Thank you for visiting our country, I hope you had a great time here, but I have 2 objections:
    a) Romania is in Central Europe, not in Eastern Europe… it is placed at exactly equal distance (2900 km) from the most Western point (Portugal), the most Eastern point (Ural Mountains) and the most Northern point (Norway) of Europe.
    b) you have travelled only in Transylvania, the biggest region of Romania. But it is true, Transylvania is the most beautiful part of Romania, in the rest you don’t have anything interesting to see in the other regions excepting Transfagarasan road, the Black Sea seaside and the monasteries of Bukovina (which are amazing!!!)
    Thank you for liking our country! I hope you will return one day! 🙂

      Thanks for the comment! I did indeed really enjoy your country.

      You may be correct that, geographically speaking, Romania is in central Europe. But most people I know definitely consider it a part of Eastern Europe culture-wise!

      And I was also in the Maramures region and Bucharest in addition to Transylvania!

        First of all, it’s a shame I did not know about this blog before but, better later than never 🙂 Scond, when and if’re done with these ridiculous politicians of our, before they end with us ( which wouldn’t be impossible), I’ll have your name in mind as future Minister of Tourism 🙂 And 3rd, You should definetly try the Prahova Valley with all the ressorts, castles and incredible views that you will see there. BTW, is not in Transylvania so, there is more than Tranylvania worth to see 😉 One question., pls: did you get to see the second biggest building in the world? I name here a great place in Bucharest, where 99% of our deputes and senators sleep and snore: the Parliament 🙂 It was made during communism and was one of the biggest pride of Ceausescu.And no, it’s not people who killed him, it was a coup d’etat made to look like a Revolution but that’s another subject.
        Best wishes and hope you’ll come again!
        P.S. I’ve seen earlier someone mentioning old dacian bracelets … here, I leave for you and for whoever wants to know some interesting things about Romania. You might be surprised again 🙂

          Yes, I did visit Bucharest and saw the Parliament building, along with some other things around the city. What a HUGE building!

            That building is no-one’s pride but the naivest and the uninformed, Andreea Soare.
            Architecturally it’s a big blob of kitsch, it’s uglier than all jokes with “yo momma” condensed in one. It was built on blood – no Romanian should ever FORGET – where that ugly building stands and that large boulevard in front of it opens up, there it was the oldest, most beautiful, most charming residential part of Bucharest – streets paved with cobbler stones or wood logs.
            Have you ever seen (or even heard of) streets paved 200 years ago with round logs buried in the ground vertically after they were soaked in very fluid bitumen to make them weather proof and century lasting, and the entire street had thousands of round circles on it? I did, in Bucharest, before the dictator erased everything!
            The logs were cut from tree trunks no wider than 15-20 cm in diameter and lasted forever…and they were so quiet in the traffic… as wood absorbs sound and doesn’t refract it onto the walls of the buildings.
            Those streets had houses and churches built 3-400 years ago and Romania’s oldest hospital in a majestic old building with marble and mosaic floors, and intricate architectural details inside and out.
            Those streets were lined with huge linden trees or huge poplars or chestnut trees and oak trees and they were so old, some of those trees stood there for 300-500 years, as once upon a time immemorial there were thick forests there! Some of those trees were true remnants of those forests.
            That area was so gorgeous you wanted to spend weeks exploring it.
            Here and there there were very old tiny private restaurants in little gardens with 4-5 tables only, under lilac trees or laced gazebos and they served delicatessen of all sorts that one could experience only in that area.
            Between the cobbler stones, thick green moss was growing and the houses were covered in all sorts of flowering creepers and wines and climbing roses and in spring, all those linden trees and chestnut trees flowered and the air was sweet and the streets looked like parks – one could hardly see the houses through that greenery.
            And all that was erased by bulldozers in few months in the Seventies and nothing was saved or even photographed for posterity (!!) or inventoried or rebuilt.
            It lives in my memory like a never healing wound.
            Shame on anyone who prizes that ugly, useless and expensive building, it’s like praising an abattoir.
            I hate that building – it is tasteless, or better: it is in very poor taste and it killed half historical Bucharest to be erected as a megalomaniac monument to a tyrant.

    Our stories of discovery are similar.
    I met a nice woman on “YouTube”. We were discussing a piece of music by a modern Romanian band.
    I liked her and we exchanged email addresses. After a few emails I discovered my initial opinion and belief were correct. She and I had similar morals and ethics. I felt she was perfect.
    Anyway, I said I would love to meet her and she suggested I caught a plane to Bucuresti.
    THAT was the reason I visited and immediately fell in love with initially Bucuresti and later, Romania.
    To impress my new girlfriend, I have researched enough info for a university thesis. I have also taught myself some limba Romana.
    Imi place Romania!

      What a great story, Peter! Glad to hear you fell in love with Romania, too.

        I regularly thank Laura (the nice woman, who I love) for introducing me to Romania.
        In my research, I have discovered the extreme depth of history and tradition to be appreciated. When you realise that since the Romans invaded Dacia and Thrace, the modern Romanian region has been the most invaded countryside in Europe and possibly the world!
        This can be authenticated by a visit to a Romanian restaurant. You will see dishes like schnitzel and strudel from Austria, goulash from Hungary, moussaka from Greece, sauerkraut from Germany, mamaliga / polenta from Italy, stroganov from Poland / Russia, kebabs from Turkey… the list is endless!

          Yup, there are a ton of outside influences in Romania!

          Well the moussaka isn`t greek at all ( The English name came from modern Greek mousakás (μουσακάς). The Greek name came from the Turkish musakka designating roughly the same recipe. The same name and recipe is found throughout the lands that formerly were part of the Ottoman Turkish Empire. The Turkish name came from Arabic musaqa‘h (مسقعة), which in Arabic means moussaka but comes from an Arabic root literally meaning “chilled”.[1] In Arabic countries a variant of the same recipe is eaten cold. A popular Middle Eastern recipe called İmam bayıldı (it has that name in Turkish, Arabic and Greek) is eaten cold and is similar to moussaka. Moussaka is eaten warm – wikipedia ).

          Polenta might be an latin name but the recipe was used largely in europe since ancient time. This is not making it an italian food. wikipedia says about mamaliga : Mămăligă (Romanian pronunciation: [məməˈliɡə]) is a porridge made out of yellow maize flour, traditional in Romania and Moldova. It is similar to the Italian polenta. Historically a peasant food, it was often used as a substitute for bread or even as a staple food in the poor rural areas. However, in the last decades it has emerged as an upscale dish available in the finest restaurants.
          Roman influence[edit]
          Historically, porridge is the oldest form of consumption of grains in the whole of humanity, long before the appearance of bread. Originally, the seeds used to prepare slurries were very diverse as millet or einkorn.
          Before the introduction of maize in Europe in the 16th century, mămăligă had been made with millet flour, known to the Romans as pulmentum. Moreover, the Romans ate so much of it that the Greeks called them pultiphagonides (porridge eaters). <— Romans ate a lot. This doesn`t ment they invented the porridge since it was available since the dawns of humanity, got the point?

          Same as pizza : The word pizza (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpittsa], from the Latin verb pìnsere, to press and from the Greek pēktos, πηκτός, meaning "solid" or "clotted") [b][i]is Greek in origin [/b][/i](see also pitta). The ancient Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs and cheese. In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled πίτα, pita, or πίττα, pitta, meaning pie. The word has also spread to Romanian as pită, Turkish as pide,[2] and Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian and Serbian as pita, Albanian as pite and Modern Hebrew pittāh.[3]
          Modern pizza originated in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread. – wikipedia. It is invented in italy? They made it famous with modernised receipe , that is another thing. Just as british made famous the curry. Btw, do the british invaded japan? Because curry is traditional here too since 19th century. Introducing a food in a country is not similar with conquest / invasion. See the "famous" american apple pie`s origins. Or Chop suey`s . And kebab is not traditional nor found in all restaurants in Romania! Same as stroganoff`s.

            Wow, Alex, slow it down man!
            First there was the Greek culture, the Greek agriculture, the Greek cuisine, the Greek pharmacology, the Greek city states and then the Arabs and the Ottomans came, gave up their nomadic style and started cooking and farming – at least about 1000 years later! Neither the ancient Arabs or the ancient Turks were renown for farming! LOL
            Put it into the real perspective.
            If you would have shown the history of porridge (in fact who the hell cares?) as being inherited FROM THE EGYPTIANS, I would have accepted it as true. But the Greeks did not take food stuff from the Ottomans or Arabs – it was the other way around, as the Greek civilization is the oldest, and not the others.

    Thank you for this article and because you promote my country. Romania is a very beautiful country. And I hope to be interesting for tourists from all over the world. There are so many place “must to see”: The Monasteries from Moldova, Danube Delta, the medieval cities: Sighisoara, Brasov, Sibiu; the beautiful castle: Bran, Peles, Mogosoaia, Huniade ans so on; the austro-hungarian old cities:Timisoara, Arad, Oradea; the mountain splendors of Cheile Nerei, Transalpina, Transfagaras; the old Mures Velley castles. Thank you again.

    It’s just great to see all these enthusiastic comments about a country I love. Some friends and I have been trying to offset the current negative British press which has been spawned by a fear of being swamped by ‘Gypsy thieves’ after 1st Jan 2014 when Romanians and Bulgarians will be able to work in the UK without restrictions. We are frustrated by the lack of oomph shown by the Romanian tourism ministry when there are so many fantastic things to see in their country. I have written two guide books and have two blogs about Romania, which I visit every year, sometimes two or three times, because it is so amazing to find a place where you can feel free as a human being. You are right that too much tourism could spoil this balance, and there is a great deal of poverty-if you measure poverty by British standards. But as I learnt many years ago in the Maramures, you don’t need fast cars and expensive houses and clothes to be happy. Life can be very tough, but also very fulfilling, as I’ve discovered by living with Romanian shepherds. So glad you all want to go to Romania- hope to see some of you there, getting that depth of experience I’ve had the privilege to share!

      Thanks for the great comment, Caroline. There definitely are plenty of people who recognize Romania’s merits. I hope you go back there soon!

      A spot on judgement by Caroline!
      The beauty is everywhere and in everything, including most Romanian people. I have made more friends in Bucuresti than back home in England (family excluded, of course!)
      The depth of tradition and history is breathtaking.
      My Bucurestian lady friend may also have something to do with it…. :-))

      I am also grateful to you too,in fact i am grateful to all foreigners who speak highly and use such nice words when speaking about Romania.

    One good reason to AVOID Romania – It’s a land of animal cruelty!!! Why would anyone like to visit a place, where the government allows the massacre of dogs?
    No, thank you – there are far better places to go to in a CIVILIZED part of this world.

      Sorry you feel that way. There are plenty of worse places, though. You know, like where the government allows the massacre of PEOPLE…

      A civilized person from a civilized country would never write something like that on a traveling blog. I hope you will read about the way you managed to get rid of your stray dogs. Every country had stray dogs at some point. What do you think that happend to them? Dissapeared in thin air? Have a great day.

    I have a friend in Romania who is inviting me to go to their city, Brasov. At first, I was a little hesitant, but after reading this post I guess I am going to give it a try. I love nature (vampires, too!) and I would like to see what this place can offer. I had a great time reading the comments as well. Thank you for making this.

      Do NOT hesitate at all……..RUN to Romania. I am American and it was always my dream to see Romania at some point in my life. Well this summer I fulfilled that dream and went in July. Let me just say, this country is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries I have ever been to. Simply stunning. Brasov was one of the cities we stayed in and it is truly breathtaking, warm, and welcoming. But don’t just take my word, go and see for yourself. I promise you won’t be disappointed. My only regret is that I only had a week to spend in this misunderstood country. 🙂


        Nicely said, Paula! I totally agree with you! Romania is severely underrated as a destination.

    Thank you for writing those nice words about my country. People like you promotes Romania better than our politicians. I hope you will come back soon and have a great time again.

      Of course! I really enjoyed my time in your country!

        I plan on going back,too. I didn’t get to spend much time in Bucharest and would like to see more of it. Hopefully I’ll include that in my travels to Hungary, Bulgaria, and the Czehk Republic in the next year or two. Romania definitely deserves more time for exploring; there’s just so much beauty to take in. 🙂

    Thank you so much for this review. I feel like nobody’s really seeing the great potential in Romania.
    Next time you come here, you should visit Timisoara too (the city where the revolution started). I’d be happy to show you around.

    P.S.: Today’s our national day. Thank you, Romania, for being such a great home

    Love, Andreea

      Of course! I would definitely like to see more next time.

    Well thanks a lot for this article.As a romanian it is a great thing to see a foreigner talking about my natal country in such a beautiful way.

    I have always wanted to go to Romania. I’m fluent in Romanian, and I’m the only one who knows about the country in my school.

      I hope you are able to go someday, Raven!


    Its a great post. I just started planning my summer vacation sitting in office looking at Euro map and suddenly thought “why not Romania”. Started searching for the details and there is your comprehensive write-up answering most of the queries.

    I shall be visiting in July or August for 10 days. I am into hiking & landscape photography and colors, mountains and nature inspire me a lot. My previous experiences to such places in Europe include Switzerland (Jungfrau, Zermatt, St Moritz & Lucerne) & Austria (Salzburg & St Wolfgang). Can you please recommend me a few places of this sort in Romania.


      Romania is great for all of those things! I would definitely recommend Sighisoara for the colors, and Brasov for mountains. The Maramures region in northern Romania is also very beautiful as far as landscapes go, though you really can’t go wrong anywhere in Transylvania when it comes to mountains!

    Great post! Such beautiful images too, this has really given me inspiration to visit this awesome country!

      You definitely should! I loved Romania.

    As Romania is becoming a well known touristic destination, so is Bucharest and all it’s attractions. Bucharest’s charm lies not necessarily in it’s sightseeing but in it’s stories and way of living. That’s why some of us locals have gathered together to form BUCHAREST GREETERS, which is a volunteering programme offering FREE TOUR GUIDES but most importantly we offer the chance for tourists to hang out with locals and hear their stories. It’s a great way to uncover the city’s uniqueness.
    If you’re looking for a unique experience and want to SEE FOR YOURSELF what Bucharest has in store you can get in touch with us at or check out our Facebook page . We’re looking forward to sharing our passion for the city where anything is possible – Bucharest!
    BUCHAREST GREETERS is a proud member of the Global Greeter Network.

    I am surprised to see that your post encouraged so many people to come to Romania and it still does , good job . I am also happy that my country is growing quite good in tourism and people are welcoming them all.Besides the main attractions like Brasov , Sibiu and Sighisoara there are at least 10 cities or 50 villages more interesting 🙂 Prince Charles seems to have it in for Viscri, a very small village that no one heard about until he bought houses there.
    Most of the travelers come to Brasov , Sighisoara and head back to Bucharest , but i recommend to my tourists always some rural parts that never seen tourists 🙂 It`s a surprise from both sides .
    Also i would say that Romania is a lot about traditions , even if we have more expensive cars then London we still do things like 40 years ago and that is not bad because some of them are quite more interesting that way 🙂 and it`s also a good chance to show to the young ones how things where done in the past.

      One of the things I loved most about Romania was the clash of modern amenities and old traditions. I hope it always stays that way!

      (And I visited Viscri!)

    […] So, when I saw this post by Amanda, I just had to share it with you guys. Follow this link – Romania – to read the article which highlights the best of Romania and those pictures will make you […]

    I’m so happy to see that you enjoyed our beautiful country. Romania does have a lot to offer and what I would recommend to everyone is to visit the least explored places. You will have a nice surprise.

    I just love how you disregarded the vampire and communist attributes that everyone seems to give to my country and saw Romania as it really is: a beautiful country with a diversity of breath taking natural landscapes, history monuments, full of traditions and welcoming people. Your post is mind opening for both foreign tourists and romanians alike because i have to shamefully admit that i have yet to see many places in my country.

      You should definitely see more of your country! It’s a beautiful one. I understand, though – we tend to think of “travel” as going somewhere different and new. But you can totally travel in your own country, too!

    Why have you choose a photo with gypsis when you said about knowing the people? Romanians are not gypsies.

      Well, they are people. And they live in Romania. I realize many Romanians don’t like the gypsy population. But they DO live in your country and you WILL see them there. That’s kind of like saying black people living in the US aren’t Americans – they most certainly are.

    Wonderful article, Amanda. Thanks for everything that you do for Romania. 🙂


    I am going to Romania looking for Vampires!

      LOL. Go for it, Sammi. Let me know if you find any!

    I’m glad you liked Romania so much and it’s worth mentioning that this country will develop further into becoming an imporant travel destination in Eastern Europe. And since Halloween is approaching, why not trying to find some real vampires in Transylvania? That’s a joke obviously, but the medieval castles and fortresses are definitelty worth visiting.

      I agree that I think Romania will definitely become a hot place to go in Eastern Europe!

    I just discovered your blog while looking for information about travelling solo in Scotland. Unfortunately, I don’t think I can afford Scotland but now I am considering Romania for the end of June 2016. I hope it is still (and will be)affordable. At 53, I feel I would be out of place in youth hostels, but I am sure I’ll be able to find nice and cheap hostels or B&B.

      Romania did recently join the European Union, but they won’t convert to the Euro for at least another few years – meaning it’s still likely to be a very affordable destination!

    Hi, Amanda! Wonderful words about Romania. I just find your blog and I see a lot of people are interested to visit my country. For those without much time at their disposal or those who don’t want to spend hours searching for infos, prices and so on, we can help them. is not a travel agency but can offer counselling and can organize an entire trip through Romania. If this sounds like an ad please remove it. Anyway its nice to see positive articles about Romania and thank you again for this.

    I don’t care that it’s affordable, I don’t care about transportation etc … I only care that in Romania you can go to many natural areas where you can walk all day without trail of civilization. Or you can see really old villages and people working with their hands on the fields!

      Yes, this is very true! The countryside in Romania is really lovely.

    Hello Amanda,
    Thank you for your beautiful words about Romania. For those who want to travel in this country and have a great time feeling the unspoiled nature and experience the traditions, landmarks and attractions, I recommend The site belongs to a Romanian travel agency (Surprising Travel) that is specialized in tours for foreign tourists.

    i am excited more now after reading this. i am leaving this August 19 and would love to discover more about Romania. thanks.

      Glad I could help you get excited about your trip!

    Thank you very much Amanda for promoting our country!
    Romania is still a peaceful and full of hospitality country!
    It’s a wonderful cheap country!
    For everyone having doubts about visiting Romania please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    Hello everyone! 🙂 I am Canadian and I must say this country is gorgeous!!!. I visited Bucharest and its old centers, such as The Old Town (Centrul Vechi), Brasov, Timisoara, Sinaia, Onesti, Comanesti, Sascut and, Constanta. I would definitely recommend to all people to visit it as much as they can! There are medieval towns, architectures, statues, cafes, restaurants, ski resorts, beach resorts (Black sea), etc. They also that gigantic parlament in Bucharest called Casa Poporului and it is the 2nd largest building in the world by area. The people are very friendly, welcoming, intelligent and multilingual. They speak Romanian (A romance/Latin language, very similar the next languages except for English), Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Spanish, French and English The women are very gorgeous there!! I booked my plane ticket to go there again this summer. My top destinations will be Bucharest, Sighisoara, Poiana Brasov, Constanta, Timisoara, Bacau, Onesti and Delta Dunarii. I will also visit the country side. Enjoy your vacation there for people who will visit Romania soon!

    Love this! Romania is very high on my list of countries to visit, and you’re making it worse!Besides the mention of palinka… I had more than my share in Hungary, and it remains one of my greatest fears.

      It’s definitely worth visiting! (Though yes, you’ll have lots of palinka offered to you! Haha.)

    I was thinking of Romania to visit next summer. I was not sure about it till I read your article. I really became motivated and excited to definitely visit it. thanks for the article (y)
    I have a question about the expenses. I want to stay there for around three months. Do you think I can afford living and travelling there for a budget of around 300 Euro a month?

      Romania isn’t as expensive as other parts of Europe, but I think 300 Euro per month could be tricky in some of the bigger cities.

    Hi Amanda, let me begin by saying that the images used throughout this post are simply splendid. Thank you for giving us a mini-tour of what to expect when travelling to Romania. Very useful!

    Why did you put that picture of the gypsy children there? They are a minority in Romania of 3% of the population… it’s like presenting a couple of Indian children as representatives of America. Were you paid to do this just like most bloggers are to depict Romanians as gypsies?

      People of all sizes, shapes, and colors ARE American. So what would it matter what color or ethnicity of people I share photos of? A small percentage of the population is still part of the population, even if you don’t like them. I was not paid to visit Romania or to share anything about it.

        It’s an unfair biased representation of the Romanian people. Present a minority as a majority is manipulative and fake news. Why would you do that if you weren’t paid? Don’t do that and then play the stupid and racist card! We’re fed up with people like you coming here and crawling into our sewers to bring out “real” Romania for a fistful of $$$. You should be ashamed of yourselves you vampires of dirty money!

          Lol okay. You are entitled to your (incorrect) opinion about me. Feel free to stop reading this site, please! After all, it’s all probably fake news perpetuated by sewer vampires anyway.

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